Outdoor Detail

“And thus, at last, he explained the methodology of the outdoor detail to me. You found some barrels – at least three, but preferably more, ideally each one conspicuously different: large, small, metal, wooden, brightly coloured, colorless. If one were to constantly roll the same barrel around all the time, the Werkschatz might notice. Nejezchleba was a real expert in his peculiar field. He was doing it for the third year in a row and it looked as though I might too be guaranteed fascinating work for the duration of the war.”

– Josef Skvorecky, The Engineer of Human Souls

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